The guests this year are:
Composers / Academic guests / Sound artists
Ake Parmerud (Sweeden)
Ake Parmerud has been working full time with music and multimedia art since late –70.
Being trained as a photographer between 1972-74, he studied music at the University and later at the Conservatory of Music in Göteborg, Sweden. His list of works includes instrumental music as well as electroacoustic compositions, multimedia and interactive art, video and music for theater, dance and film. He is one of the most rewarded composers of electro-acoustic since 1978 when his piece “Proximities” received a first prize in the international festival for electronic music in Bourges, France. Solo or together with other artists, he has performed in major parts of Europe, USA, Latin America and Canada.
Alejandro Castaños (Scotland)
He obtained Masters degree in music composition at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (2004-2005). In 2005, he participated in the annual computer music seminar at IRCAM (Paris). He began his professional career at the Centre for Research and Music Studies in Mexico City, attending the workshops of Juan Trigos and Ignacio Baca -Lobera. His music has been performed by re-known artists in the most important international forums and new music festivals. In 2007, the Society of Chamber Music of Luxembourg dedicated a complete concert to his music. He has received various commissions from the Concorde Ensemble (Ireland) and the National German Radio. He is a recipient of the 2010-2011 Young Artists Grant of the Mexican Council for Arts.
Ana Lara (Mexico)
She has written stage, orchestral and chamber works that have been successfully performed throughout the Americas, Asia and in Europe. She is also active as a promoter of new music. Ms. Lara attended the Conservatorio Nacional de Música, where her teachers included Daniel Catán and Mario Lavista. Her post-graduate work was with Wlodzimierz Kotonki and Zbigniew Rudzinski at the Warsaw Academy of Music, on a Mexican-Polish study grant. She graduated from Maryland Univerity on Ethnomusicology in 2003. In 1998, she founded the Festival Internacional Música y Escena and has since served as its director. This festival obtained the annual Award of the Mexican Union of Critics of Theatre and Music (2001).
Arturo Fuentes (Mexico-Austria)
He has composed pieces with live electronics, literary, visual and stage elements. He studied in Paris, Milano and Mexico: Horacio Vaggione, IRCAM Cursus, Franco Donatoni, CIEM, Juan Trigos. In 2011-2012 he will create new works for the Ensemble Recherche (Germany), Phace -Contemporary Music (Vienna), Curious Chamber Player (Stockholm), Quatour Diatoma (Paris), MDR Chorus (Leipzig), alto player Garth Knox, cello player Rohan de Saram and pianist Alberto Rosado. He has collaborated with the Belgian dance company Joji Inc. in the piece "Line of Oblivion" (Ensamble integrales, ed. NEOS, 2010). He lives in Europe since 1997.
Daniel Quaranta (Argentina-Brazil)
Daniel Quaranta was born in Argentina and lives in Brazil since 1995, where he obtained a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in music composition. His works have been performed in different places around the world. He is currently a researcher at the Univeridad Federal de Juiz de Fora and coordinates the EIMAS -Encontro Internacional de Música e Arte Sonora- in Brazil.
Eric Namour (Lebanon)
Is an independent experimental music curator/producer with activities in the UK (under the name of [no signal]) and in Mexico as founder of "El nicho experimental", the first project for the promotion of experimental music through physical sale. He is also curator of the Aural Festival (Ex-Radar) in Mexico City, with which he has brought people like Tony Conrad, Metamkine, Oren Ambarchi and Daniel Menche, among others.
Fabián Esteban Luna UNTReF Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero - Licenciatura en Artes Electrónicas. Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Music studies with J. Rapp, G. Valverde and Ricardo Dal Farra. Founding member, co-director and teacher of the career at TSAE and ORT Institute of Technology. He received a ba in Electronic Arts at the Tres de Febrero University. He obtained a Master's degree in Music Psychology at the National University of Rio de la Plata. Founder of Sistema Poliedro and Poliedro Online (Music composition collective) www.sistemapoliedro.blogspot.com & www.poliedronline.blogspot.com. He has obtained several distinctions presenting compositions and lectures in festivals and concert cycles in Argentina and abroad.
Gabriela Ortiz (Mexico)
Is one of the foremost composers in Mexico today. Ortiz has been honoured with different prizes such as the Universidad Nacional para Jóvenes Académicos, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Sistema Nacional de Creadores, First place in the Silvestre Revueltas composition contest, among others.
She trained with the eminent composer Mario Lavista at the National Conservatory of Music and with Federico Ibarra at the University of Mexico. In 1990 she was awarded the Brittish Coucnil Fellowship to study in London with Robert Saxton at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1992 she received the University of Mexico Scholarship to complete Ph.D. studies in electroacoutic music composition with Simon Emmerson at The City University in London.
Gonzalo Macías (Mexico)
His teachers have been Isaías Noriega de la Vega, Jorge Suárez, Federico Ibarra, Mario Lavista, Sergio Ortega, Betsy Jolas, Gérard Grisey, Michel Zbar and Emmanuel Nunes. His music has been published in Ediciones Mexicanas de Música and has been premiered in Mexico, France, USA, Chile, Argentina, Germany, Canada, Spain, Russia, Cuba and Ireland.
His works have also been premiered at the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez, Radar Festival, the XX Centro Histórico Festival (Mexico), the VII "Música y Escena" International Festival, the IV International Festival of Music and Musicology (Ensenada Baja California), the World Cultures Forum, in Monterrey and at the Discantus Festival (Puebla).
Israel Martínez (Mexico)
Is a sound artist, empirical composer and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications. His work is developed in different fields: electroacoustic experimental music composition, sonic installation and sculpture and site-specific projects. He has participated in several sonic art, electroacoustic and experimental music festivals in Mexico, such as Radar, mMutek, Muestra Internacional de arte Sonoro, Interface, Estacionarte, and also in one of the most important art & technology events worlwide: Austria's Ars Electronica Festival, where he obtained the Distinction Award in the Digital Musics category (2007), with the work "Mi vida".
Israel Sánchez (Mexico)
He studied composition at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música (Mexico City), under the guidance of Mario Lavista. He has participated in several composition seminars and received theoretical and practical advice from the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Leo Brower, Víctor Flores (Ensamble Onix), Horacio Franco, Rodrigo Sigal, Ana Lara, Javier Álvarez, Omar Hernández Hidalgo, Mauricio Barbetti, Luis Jaime Cortés, Stefano Scodanibbio and Roberto Sierra, among others.
Jef Chippewa (Canada-Germany)
Canadian composer jef chippewa is particularily interested in questions of cultural awareness and identity in regards to the composer’s responsibility in inheriting or appropriating cultural heritage. His compositions have been performed in Ai-Maako, EuCuE, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, FUTURA, Inventionen, ISCM, MANTIS and Visiones Sonores. He is currently completing work on a new composition commissioned by Trio Nexus (Berlin), and is also working on a new electroacoustic composition which (almost exclusively) uses recordings of feet in action. Since 2005, he is the Administrative co-Director of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, Canada’s national association for electroacoustic music.
Juan Sebastián Lach (Mexico)
Composer and keyboard player. Since 1986 he has been related to jazz and rock bands (Psicotrópicos, Santa Sabina) and composed music for theatre, cinema and radio. He studied composition at CIEM, in Mexico City, from 1992 to 1996. In 2001 he went to the Netherlands to study composition and sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in 2003 and a masters in 2005. Since then, he has been working on a Ph.D. research at the Orpheus Institute in Gante, Belgium and the Leiden University, in Netherlands. Since September 2008, he teaches composition at the Conservatory of Las Rosas, Morelia.
Julio D’escrivan (Venezuela-England)
Venezuelan composer. D'Escriván lives in the UK and he works as creator and performer of electronic music, as well as an academic researcher who explores the crossings between technology and music. He is member of the Digital Performance Laboratory and the Institute for Research on Digital Economy Cultures at the Anglia Ruskin University.
Martín Jaroszewicz (Argentina-United States)
Born in Buenos Aires, Martín Jaroszewicz has been involved with music from the age of seven, when he began singing in the school's choir. As a teenager, he studied guitar and theory at Casa de la Cultura in Olivos, Buenos Aires. At age eighteen, he continued his education at the prestigious Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires where he studied guitar with Victor Villadangos among others. He plays piano and designs his own electronic instruments. He has scored several short animated films in Los Angeles and has been awarded numerous scholarships and awards, including the Nimbus Ensemble Reading Session prize.
Mathew Adkins (England)
Monty Adkins is a composer, performer, and lecturer of experimental electronic music and audio art. He has created installations, concert and audio-visual works, and a number of collaborations with contemporary dance. His works have been commissioned by Ina-GRM, IRCAM,BBC Radio 3, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), SpACE-Net and Sonic Arts Network (SAN), among others. His recent work is characterised by slow, detailed shifting sonic landscapes and is published by empreintes DIGITALes and Signature (Radio France). A new work 55 minute work fragile.flicker.fragment will be released on Audiobulb in March 2011.
Miha Ciglar (Eslovenia)
Miha Ciglar (1980) is an audio engineer and sound artist, working at the intersection of art and technology. In 2009 he obtained his MSc degree at the Institute for Electronic Music in Graz, Austria. Since 2001 he has performed his own compositions for various acoustic instruments, electro-acoustical performances, interactive dance performances, and audiovisual installations at many international arts festivals. His recent artistic work is focused on the design of new interfaces for musical expression including different tactile feedback methods. In 2008 he founded IRZU – the Institute for Sonic Arts Research in Ljubljana, Slovenia - www.irzu.org.
Paulo Chagas (Brazil/United States)
Professor Chagas has composed more than 100 pieces - ballet music, operas, musical theater works, multimedia works, pieces for orchestra, instrumental and vocal ensembles, electronic and computer music. His works have been performed in Europe, Russia, the USA, and Latin America to both public and critical acclaim.Chagas worked for ten years (1990-99) as Sound Director of the Studio for Electronic Music of the WDR (West German Radio and Television Broadcasting) where he conducted extensive research into electronic and computer music, algorithmic composition, interactivity, multimedia and sound spatialization.
Pierre Bastien (France)
When he was only ten years old, Pierre Bastien built a two-stringed guitar from the elements of a didactic game called "Le Petit Physicien". When he was 15, he built his first machine with a metronome that hit a cymbal on one side and a pan on the other one. Some years after, he began building his own orchestra with robots made from Meccano pieces that played different world instruments, common objects and Meccano parts. With this "Mecanium" he has recorded his CDs, performed, built sound art installations and collaborated with reknown artists such as Pascal Comelade, Pierrick Sorin, Robert Wyatt and Issey Miyake, among many others.
His music is published by Rephlex, G3G, Gazul, Signature, Western Vinyl.
Rosa María Nolly Bustos (Argentina)
Is a sax player, sound artist, researcher, electronic technician and plane pilot. She received a Bachelor's degree in Electroacoustic Media form the National University of Quilmes (UNQ). She has received grants and distinctions from the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the National Arts Fund, the Melos-Gandini grant and the Argentinian Composer Tribune, among others.
She teaches and does research activities at the UNQ's Composition Department and is a staff member of the Acoustic and Sound Perception Laboratory (LAPSo). She was co-director of the Patagonic Biennal of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art "Energía Sonora" 2010.
Ximena Alarcon (Colombia)
She Is a multimedia artist and researcher specialising in soundscape, collective memory and interactivity. She completed her PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University in 2007 and has been expanding and implementing her research at De Montfort’s Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT), thanks to an Early Career Fellowship award given by The Leverhulme Trust. Currently Ximena is training in the practice and philosophy of Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveiros, IONE and Heloise Gold.
Aldo Aranda (Mexico-Holland)
began his musical studies in the Escuela Superior de Música de Bellas Artes and the Escuela Nacional de Música (Mexico City). He followed the seminar on Advanced Percussion Studies with the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble. In 2003-2005, he followed a Masters degree at the Royal Flemish Conservatory (Belgium). In 2008, he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 2009, he specialized in Percussion and Music Theater at the Fontys Conservatory (Netherlands) with Arnold Marinissen.
He has been awarded Mentions of Honor at the 1st and 2nd National Contest (Mexico) and at the International Marimba Festival (in 1999 and 2001). As a soloist and guest musician, he has premiered more than 30 pieces by different composers of Latin America, Asia and Europe, apart from working on commissions for percussion, marimba and chamber ensembles.
Gary Barnett (United States)
Gary Barnett has performed as a piano soloist in major cities throughout the world including New York, London, Paris, Singapore, and Pune, India, among others. He received his DMA in piano performance from the University of Kansas where he studied with Dr. Jack Winerock. Previous teachers include Manahem Pressler, Lev Vlassenko, Gary Amano, and Jeff Manookian. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. in historical musicology at the University of California Riverside in Iberian keyboard music. Barnett will be residing in Lisbon this year conducting research on the life and works of Carlos Seixas at the National Library of Portugal under a grant from the Luso-American Development Foundation.
Iracema de Andrade (Brazil-Mexico)
Has commissioned, premiered and recorded a considerable number of scores by national and international composers, focusing mainly on repertoire for cello and electronics. She obtained a Ph.D. in Music Performance in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She received a Masters Degree from the Thames Valley University in London, Advanced Performance Studies at the London College of Music and a Bachelor's Degree from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is a member of the Cello Alterno Ensamble (www.celloalterno.com). Since the year 2000, she works as a teacher in the Escuela Superior de Música of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.
Julián Elvira (Spain)
Inventor of the Prónomo Flute. Julián Elvira has become a reference in contemporary music, premiering several works, such as Brian Ferneyhough's "Carceri D'Invenzione", in Spain. Various composers have dedicated him their works and his soloist discography includes already 3 productions and several collaborations. The research of his first work, "Expiral", shows his deep knowledge of the flute, placing him as creator and performer in the vanguard of the contemporary music scene.
Nicole Canham (Australia)
Nicole Canham is a performing artist and artistic director whose work explores the understanding and interpretation of music and the place the arts hold in people’s lives. She completed her undergraduate training at the Australian National University, and obtained her Prix de Perfectionnement in the class of Philippe Cuper at the CNR de Versailles, France. Nicole works in mainstream classical performance, specialising in chamber music and also collaborates with a range of artists from outside the world of music – theatre, film, photography, visual art and dance – exploring connections between artists and audiences.
Pedro Bittencourt (Brazil)
(1975, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) is saxophone player dedicated to new music.
He lived in Europe (2001-2009), and nowadays is saxophone assistant professor at UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil).
Ph.D. music candidate at CICM/Université Paris 8, under the direction of Horacio Vaggione.
Guest artist at ZKM’s Institut für Musik und Akustik, Karlsruhe, Germany (2006, 2008, 2010).
He studied saxophone and contemporary chamber music with M.B. Charrier at Conservatoire de Bordeaux, France (2001-2004).
Master of Arts/Music, Université Bordeaux III, (2005).
His main areas of interest: teaching, electronic interaction with saxophones, chamber music, improvising.
Pedro Salvador (Mexico)
He is a member of the Versus 8 percussion quartet, from which he is also the founder and artistic director. He has performed in different national and international festivals and has been a recipient of various grants during his artistic career. He has taught and gathered at the Conservatory of Las Rosas, where he directs a percussion ensemble and also teaching chamber music. He has participated in different summer workshops at the Conservatory of Las Rosas and the University of Aguascalientes. He is also currently collaborating with the University of Arizona through their “Guest Clinician for the Distant Drumming Series” program.
Sarah Kaur (Australia)
Sarah Kaur is a videographer, photographer and artist practising in Canberra. Currently, Sarah is engaged by the National Gallery of Australia to work with Australian choreographers in a show, Exhibitionism, which explores responses to visual art through dance through a guided tour. She is also working on a collaboration with Nicole Canhem, a classical clarinetist and composer, to provide a 40-minute video installation that provides the sole light source for a performance as part of an Australia Council grant.